1978 Rolex GMT-Master (Ref. 1675) "Pepsi" Mk V Dial
The Rolex GMT-Master, a symbol of sophistication and versatility, has a storied history that dates back to 1954. It all started when Rolex received a request from Pan American Airways (Pan Am) to develop a technical pilot's watch capable of displaying two time zones simultaneously. With the advent of commercial transcontinental flights, Pan Am needed a watch for their long-haul international flight crews that would enable them to keep track of time in multiple locations.
GMT, which stands for Greenwich Mean Time, is the universal time standard that regulates the world's clocks and serves as the basis for aviation planning and schedules. The Rolex GMT-Master is equipped with a fourth 24-hour hand that displays the same time zone as the standard 12-hour hand but on a 24-hour scale. This GMT hand allows wearers to set the watch to GMT or any other time zone and then adjust the offset using the rotating 24-hour bezel to display a second-time zone. This remarkable feature makes the Rolex GMT-Master a must-have for anyone who frequently travels across multiple time zones, allowing them to keep track of two time zones with ease and precision.
|Dial||Matte Black "Mk V"|
|Bracelet||Rolex 78360 Oyster Bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces|
CASE & BRACELET
The very thick case retains lightly polished and symmetrical lugs that exhibit light signs of honest use. The original "fat font" red back "Pepsi" bezel insert features a beautiful fade and displays light signs of use. The Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces retains 11 links that show light stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/4-inch wrist.
DIAL & HANDS
The original matte black "Mk V" GMT-Master dial is in very well-preserved condition overall with no damage present and only a few nominal surface marks from age. The tritium lume plots have achieved a handsome eggshell patina with some subtle spotting, under U.V. light inspection the lume plots display no degradation. The original tritium hands have aged to a dark creamy patina but accent the dial beautifully, under U.V. light inspection the hands display some subtle surface cracking and remain stable. The metallic date wheel is original with "open" 6's and 9's.
None. The watch is recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.